Day 1: Cape Town to Cederberg

Accommodation: Marcuskraal Campsite or similar

Leaving Cape Town this morning, your first stop is at the foot of the Table Mountain where you have some time to admire the magnificence of this mountain and take a few pictures before traveling to the famous Winelands region of the Western Cape to enjoy a wine tasting at one of the local wine farms. Next, you make a stop at the well-known Spice Route which borders the town of Paarl. The Spice Route is an estate that brings together a collection of flavors unique to the Cape Culture – including a beer garden, artworks studio, chocolate makers and coffee makers – to name just a few.  No road trip is complete without a stop at a traditional “Padstal”, these small farm stalls dot the byways of South Africa and offer a variety of homemade treats and bakes. The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cederberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at the camp offers an opportunity for the group to get acquainted while enjoying some authentic South African hospitality.

Day 2: Gariep (Orange) River, Namibia

Accommodation: Felix Unite Cabanas or similar

A new day begins as you bid farewell to the Cederberg valley and head through the Namaqualand where you will encounter your first taste of desert vistas. Continuing the journey north, a short stop is made for supplies in Springbok, before crossing the border into Namibia and settling in at the camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be traveling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wildflowers that have made this region famous. 

Day 3: Orange River to Fish River Canyon

Accommodation: Ai Ais Resort or similar

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning you have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river. Venturing north into the desert you visit the Fish River Canyon in the afternoon. You overnight at the hot springs of Ais-Ais and enjoy an evening of swimming under the desert skies.

Day 4: Namib - Naukluft National Park

Accommodation: Namibgrens or similar

Every overland journey has some long traveling days and today is one of those as you venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Your destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. The base for the next two nights places you at the doorstep to this desert wonderland.

Day 5: Sossusvlei Dunes

Accommodation: Namibgrens or similar

You start the day early and enjoy a brisk climb up Dune 45, this landmark dune offers the perfect vantage point to marvel at the endless sea of red sand. Having enjoyed an elevated view of this spectacular landscape you continue deeper into the dune fields, where a 4x4 transfer takes you to the pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. The final stop for the day is a late afternoon visit to the Sesriem Canyon, where you explore evidence of a wetter period in the history of this dry land. Tonight as you empty the red sand from our shoes, you reflect on the magic of desert you have explored.

Day 6: Swakopmund

Accommodation: Stay@Swakop or similar

Today you continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilization await. After a final excursion into the desert with a local expert, you travel across the Tropic of Capricorn and continue to the Atlantic coast. You make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. On arriving in Swakopmund you have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer.

Day 7: Swakopmund

Accommodation: Stay@Swakop or similar

While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German-inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land.

Day 8: Khorixas

Accommodation: Igowati or similar.

The massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe tower 700 meters above the desert plains below and the presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. You will enjoy a walk with a local guide and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art before setting off for your overnight stop for the evening.

Day 9: - Himba Tribe

Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge or similar

Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the campfire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that the tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage. This afternoon you have the opportunity to visit a Himba village and interact with the villagers.

Day 10: Etosha National Park

Accommodation: Okakuejo or similar

Rising early this morning head for Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. Today you have a full day to explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park. The truck offers an elevated platform and you will spend some time at the many waterholes dotted throughout the park. Evenings in Etosha are best spent wrapped up warm at the floodlit waterholes at the camps. Those who wish to partake in an optional night drive may do so tonight.

Day 11: Etosha National Park

Accommodation: Etotongwe or similar

Your second day in Etosha allows another full day to continue your exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. You will exit the park in the late afternoon and head to your accommodation outside the park.

Day 12: Etosha to Windhoek

Accommodation: Own arrangements

A last early morning and short game drive to the gate wraps up your visit to Etosha and you travel onward to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Today you make a brief stop at the craft markets of Okahandja before arriving in Windhoek in the afternoon, where your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Windhoek. You will take a short walk through the city center and have the opportunity to view some of its better known landmarks.


13 Day Namibian Experience

Includes: Affordable chalet style accommodation, transport in a 20 seater adventure truck, 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 10 dinners, and a professional driver and tour guide/chef. 


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